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Earth Afire: Book 2 of the First Formic War [Kindle Edition]

Orson Scott Card , Aaron Johnston
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War.

Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince sceptical governments that there was a threat. They didn't believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat . . .

Following Earth Unaware comes this thrilling second novel in the Formic War series

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The second novel in a new space adventure set in the world of ENDER'S GAME - a classic science fiction novel due to be released as a major motion picture in 2013

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the science fiction classic novel ENDER'S GAME, the Ender saga, the Alvin Maker series and the Homecoming series.

AARON JOHNSTON is a New York Times bestselling author, comic book writer, and screenwriter who often collaborates with science-fiction legend Orson Scott Card.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765329050
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The inevitable, all-out War. 19 April 2014
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Like the latter half of the first instalment of the new series, this second book races past and the action doesn't let up until the end. While the first book was about how easy it would be to mistake the intentions of any approaching alien race - in this second part we are in no doubt that the formics are hostile and deadly to the human race.

The series has made the most of the new characters and we find out how they all play a part and they are fleshed out well in this continuation. Probably not the best place to start, but it is now all about the way we as a a species or society, deal with the threat. It's clear that most institutions would be paralised and useless - weighed down with bureacracy and red tape, to prevent any resistence. It's only those working outside of any constraints that can actually mobilise to do anything.

Of course, as the plot moves on, we realise that we are with the only groups of people who can make a difference and this is in no way a big spoiler, as it's pretty clear from the start that these are no ordinary people and some, like Mazer Rackham, have their stories pre-determined from events in the "Ender's Game" series. This is a very enjoyable series and while this one may have less philsophical depth, it moves us into the world of all-out war, where this is no room for doubt of hesitation - it's them or us - and no room for communication or scientific method.

In a way this is quite a sad outcome - but the writers are quite convincing in their portayal of the inevitability of the idea that any contact with an alien species, will be about a battle for resources and that we will be at war, rather than sitting down to talk and swap ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ender's Series has a couple of new stars 8 Nov. 2013
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Orson Scott Card continues the Ender's prequels creating two new star characters along the way. Yes, they both appears in the first installment in this new series but here they really come to life leaving you wanting more.

Mazer Rackham and Victor are both fully fledged and the ending here is as abrupt as it's logical.

A real cliff-hanger. Now all I need is the publishing date of the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping SF...can't wait for next one. 19 Mar. 2014
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Prequel stories to the Ender's Game and Shadow series. Page turner that is written with the expectation of a film screenplay being extracted with little effort. It is definitely worth reading if you enjoyed Enders Game series, but read Book 1 (Earth Unaware), first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fills in more gaps in the Ender story. 18 April 2014
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Although written with hindsight the story continues to provide background for the Ender series. Although it's a good story in its own right it helps if you are familiar with the characters of the previous book(s) in this new series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story continues 1 April 2014
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Picks up straight after Book 1, all 1 book really; would be 5 starts but this book doesn't really have an ending either. If you like any of the Ender stories, Shadow saga etc. you should read these too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the high standard I have come to expect from OSC 17 Mar. 2014
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Very enjoyable book in the pre Ender period. Interesting to see Mazer Rackham's back story unfolding. Looking forward to see all the loose ends tied together in the final part of the trilogy
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Bought the first part of this as a cheap, time filling read and based on seeing Enders Game as a prequel to that movie.
I haven't read sci fi for years but enjoyed the setting, build up and secondary stories; Yet another book had me ordering the sequel from here - why are these so 'can't put down? I actually looked forward to commuting so I could get my daily fix of Vico and the Formics!
As with another series of book I've reviewed here, the downside is now I have to wait for the next published book some months from now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing books, amazing story. 30 Jan. 2014
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Another amazing book from Orson and Aaron. I first read Ender's Game about 10 years ago and instantly fell in love. I didn't know there were sequels but I now am on a mission to read the whole Ender Saga. I love reading the prequels, Mazer Rackham is a wonderful character and I find the Earth books great because we can relate to them more closely! Due to them being set a closer time to ourselves. I'm excited for the last prequel that will finish Mazer's story and give light as to why everybody talks about him in Battle School.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good story and interesting characters, now to read the third book!
Published 13 days ago by L. Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Really good Orson Scott Card did it again, kept me gripped threw the entire book.
Published 3 months ago by Ethan Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars more good stuff.
Engaging characters in the 'ender' universe, set against a more detailed version of the formic threat that we've seen before. What's not to like?
Published 6 months ago by Pistonbroke
3.0 out of 5 stars Good prequel but simply written.
A good prequel to the Ender series, however it is very simply written in that many people have to be idiots, although in positions of power, to allow the plot to work. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Old Soldier
3.0 out of 5 stars S'OK
It's just not that engaging. I'm not used to an OSC book I can happily put down and leave for a couple of days. Is it interesting enough to finish the series? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 months ago by David Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars addicted
Bought the paperback earth unaware that I cam across while browsing in waterstones. Finished that and couldn't wait to read the next in the series to see what happened so... Read more
Published 9 months ago by James Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars another good instalment
Defiantly worth a read, all the characters shape up nicely in book 2.
fits in to the ender verse well.
Published 14 months ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
OSC smashes it out of the park.....again
Published 14 months ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars A godo read
It was a good read, as his books normally are. The story has been stretched over too many books.
Published 15 months ago by Rohit (NZ)
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